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National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
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National Velvet (1935)

by Enid Bagnold

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Here is the timeless story of a girl and her beloved horse, the heartwarming tale of 14-year-old Velvet Brown and her determination to turn her untamed piebald horse into a champion and personally ride him to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase, the Grand National.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Teenager Velvet seems like any other girl who's horse-crazy. But who else would dare chop off her hair, don jockey's clothes, and enter the world's toughest steeple-chase? ( )
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 10, 2017 |
Though I remember when the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney was being shown (I never did get to see it), and though I have long wanted to read this book, only now have I done so. The peculiarites of English village life in the 1920's or 1930's do appear odd and one has to get used to the dialog, but when we get to the time when the effort to enter the horse in the national race and subequent events, the story does become beguiling and enjoyable. But the reaction of the public to the win and to the action of the powers that be in the racing world is bound to be somewhat hard for one used to fairer views in today's world to take. And I would have liked a more direct account of the race itself and of Velvet's mental reactions to the race. But even after 80 years it is a story to enjoy. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Aug 26, 2014 |
Charming. Full of unique characterisation and setting. ( )
  annejacinta | Mar 6, 2014 |
Charming book takes place in the English countryside in a house without electric power. Good book for girls as it has a strong female lead who has a loving support system. This book is a classic, the writing is impeccable and it is a story that will stick with you for many years.
  kellw | Mar 18, 2013 |
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Enid Bagnoldprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brown, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brulé, AlIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, LaurianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewin, TedIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seaton, WalterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winslow, Earle B.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0694015792, Paperback)

The timeless story of spirited Velvet Brown and her beloved horse has thrilled generations of readers. And now the republication of this classic story in a fresh, up-to-date package will charm confirmed fans while captivating new ones. Fourteen-year-old Velvet is determined to turn her untamed horse into a champion and personally ride him to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase, the Grand National.

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In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase.… (more)

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